Emerging artists can now enter Melbourne award

ET for webMelbourne Festival, one of the biggest art festivals in the East Midlands, is giving young and emerging artists the opportunity to enter their Emerging Talent Award

The competition is targeted at artists in the East Midlands aged 16 to 25 who are in education or have just left it and are interested in a career in art.

The award was launched in 2014 to celebrate the tenth Melbourne Festival and following the success of the first award the Festival plan to make it an annual event.

The winner will receive £1000 and there will be a runner up award of £250.

The Festival team will provide mentoring for the winner and a place on the 2016 Melbourne Festival Art and Architecture Trail.

All shortlisted work will be exhibited and individual pieces may be commended. This years’ exhibition attracted over 1000 visitors and there is an opportunity to sell the work.

This year the theme is Our Identity and is open to individual and imaginative interpretation.

The art will be judged on originality, and imaginative interpretation of the brief. It should be innovative and engaging and show a high level of technical ability.

The work must be of excellent quality in both materials and application. The work must be original for this competion and must not have been entered previously in any other competitions or public exhibitions. Students are invited to use the piece for their current art practice, provided they can show the work is original for this competition.

The deadine for artists to apply is February 14, the shortlist of up to 20 proposals will be drawn up on March 7 and the shortlisted artists have to present their work by August 31.

The winner will be selected on September 18 and the award will be presented on September 19.

All work must meet the following conditions to be accepted: two dimensional, suitable for hanging and a maximum of two metres in any dimension. Medium – paint, pastel, pencil, textile, printmaking, photography or mixed media. The work must be original, safe for hanging, meeting health and safety requirements and not offensive.

For more details and application visit http://www.melbournefestival.co.uk

or email info@melbournefestival.co.uk

Post to Melbourne Festival, 49 Church St, Melbourne DE73 8EJ.

You can read about the 2014 winner of the award Will Hughes in the February edition of artsbeat which is out next week.










MELBOURNE FESTIVAL EMERGING TALENT AWARD – The Award was launched in 2014 to celebrate the tenth Melbourne Festival thanks to an Arts Council Grant for the Arts and a local benefactor. In 2014 we had over 50 entries which were shortlisted to 12 entrants who exhibited at Melbourne Festival. The overall winner of the 2014 Emerging Talent Award was William Hughes, the Runner-Up was Emily Smalley and Sidra Fatima’s piece was commended by the judges.


MELBOURNE FESTIVAL – The Melbourne Festival is a creative and visual arts festival. The Festival was launched in 2005 and has been extremely successful. The festival has approximately 5000 visitors and feedback from both artists and visitors is overwhelmingly positive. Approximately 100 artists are selected to exhibit in over 70 venues each year work includes a broad spectrum of mediums and includes both 2d & 3d work. The Festival is one of the biggest Arts events in the East Midlands and is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield. The Festival is still run by a group of like minded volunteers committed to encouraging creativity in all its forms in Melbourne and South Derbyshire.

See www.melbournefestival.co.uk .


WHERE IS MELBOURNE? Melbourne is a picturesque, old market town set in the rural landscape of South Derbyshire on the edge of the National Forest. It is a creative, vibrant community. (Type DE73 8EJ into Google Map).

THE BRIEF – The theme for 2015 is “Our Identity” The brief is only intended as a loose theme, and artists are asked to link their piece to that theme in an imaginitive and creative way. Technical ability and quality of work is equally important, and the work must be original, having been commissioned for the competetion.

THE MEDIUM – This has been governed primarily by the potential exhibition space which has determined the need to have artwork which is capable of being hung on a wall. This has excluded sculpture, installation or purely digital media. The original focus of the competion is fine art work, but has been opened to give artists from other media the opportunity to show creativity in media such as textiles and photography. Any questions should be directed to the organiser.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY Whilst Melbourne Festival shall use reasonable care and skill when handling artists work occassionally damage can occur. Melbourne Festival has normal public liability insurance, which covers claims caused by our negligence, but does not cover accidental damage to your work or caused by your work. Consequently, please insure your work if you feel it is necessary, as we cannot accept any responsibility.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND COPYRIGHT In submitting work for the Award each artist is assumed to hold all intellectual property rights for the work and that they have obtained prior approval for the use of any third party copyrighted material contained in the submitted work.

Although copyright of the work will remain with the artist, artists will allow their work to be photographed and reproduced for the purposes of promoting the exhibition including; website, press and publicity.


DATA PROTECTION In accordance with the Data Protection Act Melbourne Festival will hold the personal data supplied by artists securely. The data will not be transferred to any third party without the artists permission.

AGREEMENT TO THE CONDITIONS OF ENTRY By entering the Melbourne Festival Emerging Artists Award artists are agreeing to all of the above conditions of entry.

STAGE ONE: Artists apply with their proposal, including images of previous work and an outline sketch/description of their intentions. This might include sketches or a description as appropriate, along with CV’s and/or Artist’s Statement and any supporting information. Deadline: 14th February 2015

STAGE TWO: A selection team will shortlist up to 20 proposals. The selection process will consider originality, technical ability, interpretation of the theme and future potential. All artists will be advised of the selection team decision by 7th March 2015.

STAGE THREE: Selected artists will need to present their work by 31st August 2015 ready for exhibition on 13th & 14th September 2015. Artists in full time study will need to complete work for tutor approval by June 2015, and will be responsible for safe storage of artwork. The delivery and collection of work is the responsibility of the artist. Artists will be provided with details of delivery arrangements.

STAGE FOUR The selection team will review the final pieces submitted by the shortlisted artists on or before Saturday 19th September 2015. The Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Award will be presented at 5pm on Saturday 19th September 2015 entrants should be available to attend.


For more details and application visit www.melbournefestival.co.uk

or email info@melbournefestival.co.uk